What you need to know
- The Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ is now available for order.
- The Surface Pro 7+ has a removable SSD, optional LTE, and is aimed at business users.
- The Surface Pro 7+ is available starting at $899.
Microsoft recently announced the Surface Pro 7+. The 2-in-1 PC was announced without as much fanfare as we normally see from Microsoft, but that's because the device isn't a radical overhaul of the Surface Pro 7. Instead, it's a refinement of the Surface Pro 7 design with features aimed at business users. It has a removable SSD, an option for LTE, and is available with up to 32GB of RAM.
Just because it isn't a radical overhaul doesn't mean it isn't worth taking a look, however. Our executive editor Daniel Rubino goes through everything that's new, how it compares to the Surface Pro 7, and answers commonly asked questions in his Surface Pro 7+ announcement post.
The Surface Pro 7+ sees a significant bump in performance. It runs on Intel 11th Gen processors and Iris Xe graphics. According to Microsoft, the device gets up to a 30 percent boost on the CPU side of things and almost an 80 percent boost when it comes to GPU. In total, the Surface Pro 7+ is now "2.1 times faster" than before, according to Microsoft.
The Surface Pro 7+ also has longer battery life than the Surface Pro 7. The Wi-Fi version of the Surface Pro 7+ is rated for up to 15 hours of battery life, compared to the Surface Pro 7's 10.5 hours. If you choose to have LTE on the Surface Pro 7+, it drops the battery estimate to 13.5 hours.
|Surface Pro 7+
|Windows 10 Pro
|12.3-inch PixelSense, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2736x1824 (267 PPI)
|11th Gen Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Wi-Fi)
11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 (Wi-Fi or LTE)
11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 (Wi-Fi)
|Intel UHD Graphics (i3)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics (i5, i7)
|8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x (Wi-Fi or LTE)
32GB LPDDR4x (Wi-Fi)
|128GB SSD or 256GB SSD (Wi-Fi or LTE)
512GB SSD or 1TB SSD (Wi-Fi)
|8MP autofocus (1080p)
Windows Hello face authentication camera
Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax
4G Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem (optional)
One Surface Connect+
Surface Keyboard connector
3.5mm headphone jack
|Up to 15 hours (Wi-Fi)
Up to 13.5 hours (LTE Advanced)
|11.5" x 7.9" x 0.33" (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)
|i3, i5: 1.70 lb (775 g)
i7: 1.74 lb (790 g)
|Starts at $899
|January 15, 2021
The Surface Pro 7+ is available starting today with a starting price of $899, but you can't just go pick one up from your local store. The Surface Pro 7+ is for business users, and to order one you'll need to go through a Surface Commercial Authorized Device Reseller or the Microsoft Store Business Desk. Authorized sellers include some recognizable names, including CDW, Staples, and Verizon.
Luckily, ordering online isn't that complicated. If you go to Microsoft's website, you can configure and order one right now. We were able to add one to our cart without doing anything special.
The Surface Pro 7+ is meant just for business users and doesn't replace the Surface Pro 7, which will continue to be sold. While the Surface Pro 7+ is intended for business users, anyone should be able to order one, they'll just have to go through different channels than they're used to.
Better and faster than ever
Seems faster with LTE
Addressing the needs of enterprise and education markets, Microsoft's Surface Pro 7+ brings a few new features to its classic laptop. With an option for LTE, removable SSD, and the latest Intel processors, Surface Pro 7+ should be an excellent choice out in the field.
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